Barcelona visited Real Betis yesterday thrashing them 4-1, thanks to a sensational Lionel Messi hat-trick.
Of all the 33 Lionel Messi hat-trick scored in La Liga so far, this has got to be one of his finest. His presence was not really felt till the 18th minute, when the 31 year old curled a 20-yard free kick past goalkeeper Pau Lopez and into the top-right corner.
Barcelona then punished their hosts yet again who came out victorious in their last tie at the Nou Camp back in November, with a quick move. Luis Suarez sent a backheeled through ball that beat three opponents and found the Argentine who slot it in making it 2-0
After the break, Luis Suarez had to clear his name after missing two chances earlier; he drove forward from about 25 yards before slotting the ball past Lopez.
Substitute Loren pulled one back for the hosts in the 82nd minute with a sidefoot strike that went beyond the reach of Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Three minutes later, Lionel Messi hat-trick was completed with a classic effort that took the home support to their feet to applaud him.
Barcelona have now claimed 66 points from 28 games, 10 points ahead of Atletico Madrid and 12 points ahead of Real Madrid.
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